Prime Minister O’Neill to undertake official visit to China

Papua New Guinea’s economic and trading relationship with China will continue to strengthen with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s visit next week to China.

He will be accompanied by a high level government and business delegation.

The visit will include meetings with the President of China, H.E. Xi Jinping, the Premier of China, Li Keqiang, and other senior government leaders.

“The relationship we have with China continues to strengthen and this delivers real economic benefit to the people of Papua New Guinea,” PM O’Neill said.

“On this visit to China, we will advance a number of agreements that will contribute to trade, infrastructure development and travel between our two countries.

“There is a great deal we can do to strengthen cooperation in areas that include agriculture, forestry, fisheries, transportation and communications.

“China has developed technologies that have direct application in our primary industry sectors, and we will enhance cooperation in these areas.”

The Prime Minister said there are also a range of policy matters that will be discussed in Beijing.

“At global and regional levels, there are a number of issues that are of interest to Papua New Guinea and China, and we look forward to an engaging dialogue.

“These include matters that are advanced through forums such as the United Nations and APEC, as well as issues of bilateral significance.”

While in China, O’Neill will also attend the 2016 Eco Forum Global in Guiyang.

“The annual Eco Forum in Guiyang focuses on green development, nature conservation and climate change and is an important opportunity to evolve relevant global issues,” PM O’Neill said.

“China and Papua New Guinea work together in international forms to advance initiatives that will reduce carbon emissions and reduce the impact of climate change.

“Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Island appreciate the support China provides to dealing with climate change and reducing the impact of extreme weather on our communities.

“The Eco Forum will provide a chance to look at applying more effective measures in our country and around the region.”

(Picture: ABC)

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